NEWBURY – Mark Cutter of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston presents “Managing Aids to Navigation” on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Plum Island Light.

Cutter is the assistant branch chief of waterways management. The meeting, open to the public, starts at 7:30 p.m. at PITA Hall, 8 Plum Island Turnpike. 

The presentation will give a look at how navigational channel markers are established, who sets them and how the systems of lights, buoys, markers and other aids are put in place to promote safe and organized boating. 

Cutter served with the Coast Guard for more than 35 years, 27 as active duty, rising to the rank of master chief before his retirement in 2011. His responsibility now is serving as the principal representative for promoting a safe, secure and environmentally sound marine transportation system. This includes managing aids to navigation, ice breaking, dredging, marine events and bridge operations.

The Friends of the Plum Island Light is a volunteer group dedicated to the preservation and public access to the historic Plum Island Lighthouse. Begun with a commission signed by George Washington in 1790, lighthouses have guided maritime traffic through the tricky waters of the Merrimack River’s entrance ever since.

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